Hi-I have not been here in sooo long. I used to visit quite frequently, then life took over. Here is my dilemma and I'm hoping for some advice. My difficult child is now 14 and a freshman in HS. Middle school was the pits. Suspensions and detentions mostly because he can't keep his mouth shut. Just blurting out and talking back. No swearing or physical problems. Because he had the diagnosis of ADHD at the time, we didn't qualify for an IEP. We could have gotten a 504 in place, but the school made alot of adjustments without the official 504. I suppose it was better for them. In the last few months of 8th grade, his MD changed his diagnosis to possible Borderline (BPD). He is being treated with Lithium and Zyprexa. He has no learning disabilities that have been noted. He just doesn't do his homework or try to do good. He basically doesn't care. "It's my life." Well, this year is now going down the tubes, too, and the school is ticking me off. We had the initial testing done to move towards an IEP. Well, their diagnosis from the testing was he had ODD, not Borderline (BPD). This is from the school psychologist, not an MD. Well, my husband went to the meeting because I couldn't make it. He just accepted it. So difficult child has failed the first semester of English, French and History. However, he has a B+ in math. They had put him in a study hall right after lunch, thinking he would study and do homework. The teacher would not let him get up and go to the bathroom or anything. This kid has ADHD, he CANNOT sit still for 50 minutes. So they kick him out of study hall. Well, no place to put him, so they readjust his schedule. They took him out of French, since he failed 1st semester and moved his English class to right after lunch. So now he doesn't have a 6th and 7th period. He gets out at 1:15. I am livid that they did this. It is just going to make his next 3 yrs horrible. I made a call to the psychologist tonight and left a message ranting. We are in California. Can anyone help me with the IEP stuff? Can the school just "decide" that he has ODD and refuse an IEP? If he doesn't have learning disabilities just behavior problems, does he still qualify for an IEP? I think it would be a great thing for him to go to the learning center and have someone check him and keep him on track. TIA for any info you can share with me.